Iran is a classic case of books and covers.

It’s hard to reconcile the country you’ve heard about on the news with a place where iPhone-toting locals carve up the Alborz piste, old women invite you in for a hot Chelow kebab and Tinder dominates the dating scene. Conservative and unconventional, deeply religious and deeply surprising, Iran tours don’t fit into any easy pigeonhole. Which is kind of why we love them. Our local guides will show you all the highlights – the Golestan Palace, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Esfahan’s bustling bazaars – but they’ll also show you what it means to be a modern-day Iranian. And that’s one thing you won’t get from your average news bulletin

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Iran travel highlights

Transport in Iran

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Iran, you may find yourself travelling by:

Caravanserai

Step into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant while staying in a caravanserai in the desert. Over the centuries, little has changed about this experience.

Metro

Carrying more than a million passengers a day, the trains of Tehran are fast, efficient and affordable. Have fun getting around the city like a local.

Accommodation in Iran

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Iran you may find yourself staying in a:

Nomad Tent

Spend an unforgettable night sleeping in a communal tent, just as local nomads have done for centuries.

Travelling to Iran podcast

Travelling to Iran with Intrepid is a 30-minute interview with Intrepid travellers who share their experiences after recently travelling to Iran. This podcast will provide tips and insights about travel in Iran including dress code for men and women, considerations when organising your visa, issues with money exchange and accessing cash, as well as our highlights.

Download the podcast directly here or 

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At a glance

Best time to visit Iran

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Beautiful Buildings of Iran

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Iran travel FAQs

Most foreign visitors require a visa to enter Iran. Please be aware that this can be a frustrating and stressful process, and can take from 6-8 weeks. You will need to allow sufficient time for this and plan any other travel around your Iran trip accordingly. The cost of a visa also varies dependent on your nationality, and also changes regularly, making it hard for us to advise of the actual cost. But you should plan for it to cost somewhere around 100-180EUR depending if you get a visa before departure or on arrival.

Iranian visas are issued in a two-step process and this will differ according to your nationality.

  1. An authorisation code for your visa must be issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. A visa for your passport must then be obtained at an Iranian Embassy once the authorisation code has been issued, or on arrival (depending on your nationality).

If you are travelling on UK, USA or CANADIAN passport please be aware that your visa process can take longer due to government regulations. Please check that you will have sufficient time to obtain a visa before departure.

Follow the link below and select your nationality in the drop down list to access detailed visa information relevant to you. When your trips has been confirmed you can then proceed to the online visa authorisation code application.

Iran Visa Authorisation Code Application

 

It's customary to tip service workers in Iran, so set aside small amounts for porters, local guides, waiters, drivers and cleaners.

You'll be able to access the internet in Iran's cities, with many major hotels and cafes having internet access. Expect little to no access in rural and remote areas.

Mobile phones from other parts of the world may not work in Iran, although it's possible to buy a low-cost prepaid SIM card in most of Iran's large cities.

Squat toilets are the most common variety in Iran, although flushable western-style toilets can be found in some tourist areas and hotels. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.

Squat toilets are the most common variety in Iran, although flushable western-style toilets can be found in some tourist areas and hotels. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.

Tap water is considered safe to drink but due to the high mineral content, visitors should avoid drinking tap water which can cause stomach upsets. For environmental reasons, try to avoid drinking bottled water - ask your leader or hotel where access to filtered water can be found.

Iran is very much a cash economy. This means travellers can rarely use debit or credit cards or travellers cheques while in Iran. A handful of tourist-orientated shops accept credit cards; otherwise, cash is the main method of trade in Iran. US dollars and euros are the only hard currencies accepted at Iranian banks and money-changers. Having those notes changed into Iranian rials is a fairly simple exercise.

As with the question above, ATMs in Iran rarely accept foreign cards, so cash is the main form of currency. Bring US dollars and euros, which can be exchanged into local currency.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 10 Feb Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
  • 2 Mar Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah
  • 19 Mar Oil Nationalisation Day
  • 21 Mar Noruz (Iranian New Year)
  • 22 Mar Noruz
  • 23 Mar Noruz
  • 24 Mar Noruz
  • 1 Apr Islamic Republic Day
  • 2 Apr Sizdehbedar (Nature Day)
  • 11 Apr Imam Ali's Birthday
  • 25 Apr The Prophet's Acension
  • 12 May Imam Mahdi's Birthday
  • 4 Jun Demise of Imam Khomeini
  • 5 Jun Khordad National Uprising (1963)
  • 16 Jun Martyrdom of Imam Ali
  • 26 Jun Eid Al-Fitr
  • 27 Jun Eid Al-Fitr
  • 20 Jul Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
  • 1 Sep Eid Al-Adha
  • 9 Sep Eid Al-Ghadir
  • 30 Sep Tassoua
  • 1 Oct Ashura
  • 10 Nov Arbaeen
  • 19 Nov Martyrdom of Imam Reza
  • 6 Dec Birthday of Muhammad

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Iran go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/iran/public-holidays